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Imagine the Lives of the Quakers in These Brutal Times

I had the good fortune to spend my K – 12 years at the world’s oldest Quaker school, Penn Charter, founded in 1689.  As the name suggests, the school was put in place by William Penn, the man who will

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From Guest Blogger Lillian Connors: An Introduction to Earth-Friendly Metal Paint

Taking care of the environment has become every person’s duty ever since the rise of global warming effects and industrialization that is polluting the Earth. From water and electricity consumption, to the type of car you drive, it’s more important

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From Guest Blogger Dixie Somers: Five Innovations in Green Dentistry

Green techniques are beginning to make their way into all aspects of your world, and dentistry is no exception. While green dentistry may be a newer term, it includes numerous practices that some dentists have been using for many years.

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Achieving Happiness Means Taking Care of People and the Environment in Which They Live

Bhutan (pictured here and below) was the first country in the world to appoint a minister of happiness and to measure gross domestic happiness. That’s kind of heart-warming, isn’t it?  

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Making Mars Habitable

Here’s a popular video that provides the steps for turning Mars into “Earth 2.0.”  Though there’s nothing theoretically impossible about it, it’s obviously not going to happen anytime soon if it happens at all. Perhaps the most interesting thing about

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Our Reckless Indifference to the Environment Will Bring About Unprecedented Levels of Human Suffering, But Not the Extinction of Our Species

Unless I’m mistaken, Arlene Allen was the first commenter on this blog when it opened in the summer of 2009.  In response to my recent piece on consumerism, she writes: Because of all things being finite, including the entire planet,

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From Guest Blogger Ash: Outdoor Hobbies–Gettin’ Your Environmental Green On

In today’s world, our daily habits are often those that lead to us losing touch with nature. Due to our many obligations, we neglect the call of the wild and stay confined to indoor-centric zones. It’s important however, to take

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From Guest Blogger Lizzie Weakly: Three Reasons to Get Your Children Involved in Community Environmental Clean-Up Projects

There has been destruction in your community, and there is a definite need for volunteers from the neighborhood to assist with the clean-up. Whether it was high winds, a tropical storm, flooding, or a tornado, the destruction left in the

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Air Pollution Is Deadly, But Especially for Children. Here’s Why.

When I was a little boy I remember my father telling me, “It’s always a tragedy when someone you know dies.  But when a child of someone you know dies, there are no words that can possibly express your sorrow.”

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Consumerism: A Double-Edged Sword

A colleague sent me an email explaining the “Centennial light,” noting, “They used to make bulbs that lasted forever, but they conspired to downgrade.” He went on to describe “The Phoebus cartel,” comprised by, among others, Osram, Philips, and General

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